Hello! I’m looking at installing solar power at my home. If I do install it, I will be placed on a demand based power rate plan. One big price tag contributor is a load controller that is part of the system. The load controller is $2700 and its purpose is to shut down large loads in the home (like air conditioning, dryer, etc) in order to keep KWh demand from the power company under a limit. In other words, I am charged heavily for KWh ‘spikes’ in my usage from the grid during peak hours. Ideally for me, I don’t want to demand more than 3KWh from the grid during peak hours (I don’t want to sustain a draw of 3KW for an hour).
What I like to find out is if there is anything that can measure my demand from the grid (I know the electric meter does, but I don’t know how to get information from it) and feed that demand info to SmartThings. I could use that information to control loads myself presumably for much less than $2700 and fully integrated with what I have already built.
Anyone have experience with this?